From billionaires to backpackers, Nice is one of France’s most popular destinations. With a magnificent promenade and charming old town there’s plenty to explore in the capital of the Côte d’Azur.
Despite its charming seaside location, Nice is actually France’s fifth largest city. The relatively large population keeps the city fresh and vibrant, giving the area a bustling, cosmopolitan feel.
Nice has always been famous for its climate. Sheltered by rolling hills and with an average of 300 days sunshine per year, you’re almost guaranteed to find some sun, just 2 hours flight away from London.
The classic Nice attraction is the Promenade des Anglais. This raised street that runs along almost the entire length of the waterfront is the perfect place for a stroll, an early morning jog, or to simply watch the magnificent sunset over the Mediterranean.
Nice has attracted many famous artists over the years thanks to its picturesque surroundings and brilliant sunshine. Perhaps the most famous of all was Henri Matisse. The museum dedicated to his work is situated in a beautiful hilltop villa surrounded by olive groves and definitely warrants a visit from art connoisseurs and novices alike.
Its easy to spend weeks on end exploring the sprawling streets of Nice. However, if you would like a change of scenery, the city is only a short bus ride away from the glamour of Monaco and Cannes.
Nice is probably second only to Paris when it comes to finding the finest in French cuisine. The city is home to some world famous Michelin starred restaurants but for those after something a little more casual, one of the city’s many bistro’s is the way to go.
Bistros generally have a relaxed dress code and change their menus daily depending on which ingredients are in season. Keep an eye out for the chalk boards displaying the daily menus as you stroll up and down the promenade.
Although the city has a sophisticated reputation for dining, Nice isn’t afraid of a good party. Check out the winding streets of the old town to find the rowdier bars that cater for party animals and backpackers at a much more reasonable price than the swankier establishments near the waterfront.